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insurance plans pay under part d of medicare for prescription drugs. they are taking advantage of their purchasing power. and we're relying on private insurers committee are' competition in part d of medicare, it isn't as effective as the v.a. which does take advantage of its market power. let me just talk for a moment on a private insurance. we rely on private insurance here. it's for-profit insurance. i think it leads to much higher health care costs. private insurers, obviously by definition, they have to make a profit. in addition to that they engage in marketing, they also engage in what we call medical understood writing, they have to hire a lot of actuaries to make sure that they're not taking on people who are too expensive. these are all very costly things. so that raises the price of private insurance. in addition, as i said, they don't have as much bargaining power so they also can't keep their prices low by taking advantage of the consolidated power that i'm talking about. so you might ask, why do we allow private insurance to have quasi-monopoly and the answer is t
from medicare over ten years the cbo said that course of action would reduce the deficit by more than $130 billion. >> there is a number of things that make that implausible, dubious. >> such as expanding medicaid, shifting some cost to cash-strapped states or double counting savings in medicare, by saying they'd extend the life of the program, but also spending the money elsewhere. >> you it wi literally can't sp the same dollar twice. it won't work. >> then there is the doctor fix in medicare, a move to undo the previous effort to reduce medicare spending. under the current law, dockerors seeing the elderly will have a fee cut next year. they were worried about the effect so they removed it from the reform bill. >> the biggest hole in financing they left out the doc fix. >>> if it were counted the bill shifts from reducing the deficit to make it worse because the doc fix would cost $210 billion. congress still has to fix it anyway, so the house passed it separately, but simply added the cost to the deficit, which troubles democratic centrists. >> the question is how will that be fin
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. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >> we'll have the negotiations televised on c-span. broadcasting those on c-span. that's why i want to open we'll have everybody open around the table and all of it on c-span. all of this will be done on c-span in front of the public. >> we're still going to have a bunch of this stuff on c-span. we're goi
why they would endorse a bill offering huge kits to medicare. these private plans offer seniors an alternative to medicare that often includes extra medical coverage like dental and vision care. >> i recognize the gentleman from georgia. >> reporter: georgia republican phil gingrey thinks he knows why. >> seniors are back into medicare fee for service, the more opportunity aarp has to get royalties from the sale of the medi gap policies. >> reporter: he says those seniors force the out of medicare advantage would have to buy supplemental insurance, like medi gap. for insurers like the aarp and its partner, united health care, that means a much higher profit margin. >> they have to purchase a medi gap policy, and oh, guess what? aarp has 30% of that. >> you should know about this card. >> reporter: it's a fact not lost on its member. >> aarp is about insurance. people need to know that. aarp is not out there to help you, it's to take your money and put it in their pocket. >> reporter: the aarp insists this is not true. so your lobbyists haven't lobbied to leave untouched. edigap?
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. assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >>> you have to like this rick's list. welcome back to your national conversation, if you are checking in to see what we have on rick's list, boy, do i have a newsy for you. and apparently a twitter face-off between reverend sharpton and gilbert arenas about
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to more commons. for example, with the healthcare, it is medicare and medicaid going bankrupt. if you brought in as the private insurers are able to jury began bring in healthy individuals to medicare -- are able to bring in and cherry pick healthy individuals -- perhaps a sliding scale -- it could bring healthy individuals paying full premiums into medicare to balance out the expenses we have now to pay for 65 and over. as you get older more medical bills. i would be interested to see c- span have some accountant or actuarial come in to run the numbers that exist for the private health insurers and have them make their profits. how to make medicare at a fee. host: banks, we will go at this point because we will have an hour-long later on health care. today concerning the senate, your view, the independent line from anderson, indiana. caller: it is truly disgusting after the display of the health care fiasco you have seen. the conservative an element is tearing up the fabric of democracy. after watching the sonia sotomayor confirmation hearings you have a 99 white guys who question pe
around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >> gregg: now back to the devastation in haiti. in times of trouble, many of us turn to god. we do so obviously in haiti as well, but as you probably know, voodoo is also big in haiti and in the mist of this, many are clinging to the voodoo faith. maim any? >> we found
jumpstart kit. who need assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >>> one item piled high on president's agenda now what to do about iran. tehran remains defiant about its nuclear program, thumbing its nose at the world's demands by missing a deadline over its nuclear program. so how should the wor
security. and medicare. people are worried about and no one is talking about. that is what the tea party is all about -- leave social security alone and leave medicare alone and if democrats tried to protect the -- protected, maybe they will keep the seats. but when they keep threatening $500 billion for medicare, 20 million illegal immigrants to get the jobs, they will let a problem. host: are you involved with the tea party or watching from the sidelines? caller: just watching from the sidelines but understand our point. to many people doing our jobs -- nobody wants to talk about illegal immigration. the president is turning his back on it and people are fed up, especially when they talk about social security and medicare. i am a baby boomer. my wife will be caught -- retire pretty soon. we are waiting for this and a lot of people feel the same way. host: doris is watching us from chicago on the democrats' line. caller: he did not mention anything about a 40,000 people who die every year who did not have health insurance. massachusetts told the people of the country, the only state tha
. and what it doesn't cover r can cost you some money. that's why you should consider... an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. it can help cover some of what medicare doesn't... in out-of-pocket expenses. call now for this free information kit... and edicare guide., if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare, you should know about this card; it's the only one of its kind... that carries the aarp name -- see if it's right for you. you hoose your doctor. you choose your hospital. there are o networks and no.referrals needed. save up to thousands of dlars... on potential out-of-pocket expenses... with an aarp medicare .supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. call now for your free information kit... how ou ould start saving. >>> that's our show for today. it's my last regular sunday here at "this week." thanks to all of you for watching so faithfully for all these years. thanks to the outstanding crew these years. thanks to the outstanding crew and staff here at "t you can see it on their fac
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're exploding the size of government, and you should have been the resources we have, medicare cuts, trillions of dollars over 20 years, and using it to expand a brand new entitlement. if you reduce medicare by that much you should make it to make medicare insolvent, $23 trillion of unfunded liability. this concept of what's being done here n the end they can claim, we're giving health care to the main people but the real result is going to be -- government's not going to be affordable. >> colorado voters, they wanted reform. the piece in "the new york times," dying for health care reform, please, please. and then the actual bill itself, no one wants it. >> like "the new york times." >> that's in "the times," too. >> new york started out in the same boat and they changed their mind, leaders in new york city. >> there's a lot of second-guessing in massachusetts right now. >> the senator's going to be with us for the rest of the program. if you've got any comments or questions for him, anything you'd like to see us address on "squawk," go ahead and e-mail us at squawk@cnbc.com. >>> next up, what
the freeze would be entitlement programs like social security, medicare, department of defense, veterans affairs and homeland security. early word indicating that many democrats will not support the president in his sudden fiscal tightening. joining me with reaction our great, great person panel. cal thomas is back. he is a former deputy assistant secretary of state fox news contributor, bob beckel is here. she's the editor of hip-hop republicans.com tiffany shorter is here. how are you, good to see you. >> great, thank you for having me. >> sean: you are going to like this. i don't know where this came from. i can't give attribution and credit. a political cartoon that came out beckel. let's put it up on the screen. [ laughing ] >> sean: i wanted to get your reaction. >> put that football down, number one. just put it down. and i'll answer your question. first of all this is workplace harrassment of a liberal. and i've got some legal grounds to take here and i intend to take them, okay? this is not new it is a sneak attack it happens every monday night. >> sean: put it back up again. >>
the uninsured by funding medicare and shifting costs to already cash-strapped states or counting savings in medicare by say saying they would extend the life of the program but spending money elsewhere. >> you can't spin the same dollar twice. it's congressman's dream but it won't work. >> and there's the doctor fix in medicare. a move to undo one of congress's previous efforts to reduce medicare spending. doctors who help the elderly would face a 21% costs in fees this year and every year after that. that has been removed from the reform bill. >> the biggest hole in the financing is the fact that they have left out the doc fix. >> if that were counted the bill shifts it from reducing the deficit to making it worst because the doc fix would cost some $210 billion. congress still has to fix it anyway so the house pass it had separately but simply added the cost to the deficit, which troubles democratic interests. >> the question is how will that be financed or will it be financed? i think that's on open question. >> the cuts to doctors and earlier attempt to cut medicare spending never to
medicare in ten years, the cbo says that course of action would reduce the decifit by 132 billion. critics, however, are extremely skeptical. >> there's a number of things that make that highly implausible, dubious, it assumes it will be cut 20 percent by 2011 and stay there indefinitely. if you just take that out, just that one on its own, take it out of the equation, the bill goes from being a small decifit reducer to being a large decifit increaser. >> that's known as the doctor fix, jane, and that alone would put the bill in the red. jane: this doctor fix, jim, has been a long standing issue, it isn't, though, in the versions that are currently out there, right? >> no, because it costs too much. keep in mind, this is an effort to undo one of congress' previous efforts to reduce medicare spending. lawmakers have been trying to fix it for years, because they were cutting medicare payments to doctors or reducing care for elderly, not to mention getting a lot of lawmakers thrown out of congress, so they all pledged to fix it, it was originally in both the house and senate bills, but fixing
to expand the medicare rules, including other demands on the states. you're a governor. do you understand what he's saying? >> david, i do, but i've looked at this very carefully in connection with the virginia budget. and i think what is often missed is that there's going to be some cost to states to expand medicaid, but then that will take huge financial burdens out of state budgets that we're incurring right now to take care of those who are uninsured. virginia is an example. we have over 1.2 million virginiane virginians that are uninsured. and we spend hundreds of millions every year to take care of them in emergency rooms for serious emergency treatment that could have been prevented under this health reform bill. for example, preventative care is no copay. we're going to move towards prevention. state budgets will save dollars now from pull people back from the brink of sickness that they needn't been suffering under. i think virginia stands to benefit, much do other american states, from finally passing meaningful health care reform. >> chairman steele, do you think it will help r
. when democratic leaders told the cbo they would raise taxes and cut medicare the cbo said that course of action would reduce the deficit by $132 billion. critics, however, are extremely sceptical. >> there are a number of things that make that i am plausibl ma. if you take that out of the equation it goes from being a small deficit reducer to a deficit increaser. >> that's known as the doctor fix and that alone would put the bill in the red. trace: the so-called doctor fix is a long standing issue. why isn't it in the healthcare reform bill. >> several reasons. it costs too much. this is an effort to undo one of congress' previous effort to reduce medicare spending. they worry cutting payments to doctor who treat medicare patients will reduce their access to care, not to mention getting lawmakers thrown out of congress. it was in the house and senate bills. fixing it would cost $200 billion over 10 years so they took it out. they still plan to do it, but won't pay for it. >> eventually you will have to do something that's longer term and the question is how will that be financed or li
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of trillions of unfunded obligations for medicare. it results in higher health care costs as a result of gdp. if it passes, then doing nothing. we're punting on all the tough choices. >> does it pay for itself over ten years? >> fend depends on who you ask. i think it does, but part of the reason it pays for itself over ten years is you get revenues in some savings for all ten years. and certain expenditures don't last all ten years. they last fewer years than that. there are differences of opinion about whether or not it pays for itself beyond ten years. the cbo says that it does. but what people don't want to read is, all the different qualifications and caveats that the cbo puts on that basically saying we have serious concerns about whether or not this is -- will happen and be sustainable. >> the cbo is not giving this a clean bill of health even though politicians who are pushing this through have been holding this up. you were the comptroller general. we've heard from other people who are concerned about the pushback on the states, the amount that it's going to be dumping back on them
it makes them look bad. naughty. so, in essence, they have this set of books. this one has medicare, medicaid, social security, emergency spending, you know, what it's costing us to fight a war. can you imagine if you said to the i.r.s., oh, yeah, i mean this one has, you know, this one has everything that i'm spending, but my employee pensions are in this one. and i'll just write them down in here. and anything that comes up like an emergency. i put that one in this set of books. just look at this one. we'd all be in jail. but yet these people in washington continue to play this game. why? because they know there is nobody like the i.r.s. namely, us, to go boom! on their head. nobody is going to say anything. let me come off the budget here for a second. it's not just the budget and they do this. they are lying to us all the time. i haven't felt like a soviet citizen ever in my life. but boy i feel like one when i saw nancy pelosi speak. she was, she was either clearly hallucinating, living in a parallel universe, or she's just lying. i think it's more likely seeing i'm not a consp
thing. >> a lot of seniors are upset about less medicare and the like. what americans think and i hammer this home, they don't like the insurance companies. >> [ talking over each other ] >> problem is the counseling the fact is a lot of people are connecting a lot of things. anniversary of obama's inauguration we are now less safe than a year ago. we are less rich as a nation than a year ago. we are less secure in so many different ways. people are angry and connecting it. >> come on. are you saying that after what just happened at christmas and all the steps taken since, how can we be less safe? >> one illustration -- >> the underlying principle of the threat us. >> you can make the case -- [ talking over each other ] >> we are not using enhanced interrogations. we should have interrogated the underwear bomber we didn't that makes us less safe. if we are going to close gitmo, we are less safe. new rules on troops in afghanistan, less safe. >> there was a piece on the front page of the "new york times" today, this is across the board from intelligence officials, al-qaeda right now is le
house officials exempt from the freeze would be entitlement programs like social security and medicare, and homeland security. early word is indicating many democrats will not support the president in his sudden fiscal tightening. joining me here tonight is cal thomas back, a former deputy assistant secretary of state, usa today columnist bok beckel is here, she's the editor of hip-hop republicans.com. how are you? good to see you. >> thank you for having me on shot. >> we've got to start with you. you're going to like this, i don't know where this kaimt from. i can't give credit. it's a political cartoon. just put it on the screen. and... this is work place harassment of a individual. this snot new. it's a sneak attack and happens to me every monday night. >> back up, again. >> no. no. >> it's my show. i can put it back up again. >> well, put that football away! >> i'm bigger than you. try to throw it now. >> you used to sack quarterbacks. this is like madonna coming out for chasity this, is a $25 trillion projected debt. they're talking about a $250 billion savings if appropriateors
. >> not only abortion amendment but the guarantee for full medicaid and medicare funding for his state. some of the special additions. some of the percs or earmarks as they have been called. >> you wouldn't push for special -- wait -- you wouldn't push for special additions for your state if you were in there? >> i'm not going into all the details, neil. what i'm going to say is that i will be fighting for people in connecticut. and when i can make a difference to them, as senator dodd did with the $100 million that may well come for a hospital here in connecticut and make a big difference for the healthcare of our people, i'm gonna be there fighting for people as any senator of any state and any congressman does whatever the political rhetoric accompanying it. that's their job to do. >> all right. richard blumenthal, known you better than 20 years. whether you're on the right or left, you certainly have put in the time as they say. thank you very, very much. >> richard blumenthal who very well could be the next senator from the state of connecticut. let's get ready to rumble because at 6 p.
's deficit will double it. at the same time that medicare is going bankrupt, social security going bankrupt. medicaid is upside down. this is a nightmare. >> well, first -- >> the bigger crisis is medicare. >> we have had creative accounting and self-dealing going on for a long time. the fed purchases a significant majority of all u.s. debt last year. we have a situation where the housing entities are not being consolidated. they have huge losses. people saying they are doing things to try and help reduce medicare costs, but they are spending the money someplace else. all kinds of creating accounting and self-dealing going on. >> we'll go to chris tnctie in minute. i was struck by the creative accounting. they were making up trillions. you wrote a story mid summer about the fdic created $1 trillion out of thin air by a bureaucratic trick. this creative accounting makes our situation so much worse. >> it does. and, frankly, actually, that decision by the fdic at the time has in a way come back to haunt us. i don't know if you recall at the end of this year, the fdic was almost bankrupt and h
but i'm certainly not in favor of higher taxes, cutting medicare half a trillion, affecting medical coverage for veterans and basically having a one size fits all. so i know what i don't want. now i'm looking forwarding to reading the bills and coming up with a plan because if it's something the president feels is important, i'm certainly willing to look at it. >> brown also met today with senator john mccain of arizona. fellow republican mccain, the 2008 presidential nominee. he was an early backer of brown early this year endorsing him in his campaign bid and mccain praised the new senator. take a listen. >> senator brown represents, i think, the dreams and the hopes and the frustrations that americans feel today, and they want the kind of leadership that the commonwealth of massachusetts just sent us. i'm pleased to have been an early supporter, even though a bit foolish at the time. i am very proud of his success. he won his campaign because of who he is, primarily, first of all, the individual that he is that knows how to communicate with the people of his state. >> that's just
the medicare. >> and then we have to pay 3, 4 billion extra. >> you said the president should rethink health care reform. >> absolutely. that's not health care reform. to go and to put that extra burden, billions of dollars on other states, especially on california. just because we're the best state in the world, the most diverse economy. and everyone wants to come to california is no reason to beat up on california. and to always ask for more money from california. i think it's time for the federal government to go and take care of us. >> is that how you think about health care reform, something that ultimately would beat up on california? >> yes, it is. right now, i cannot imagine why we would have like i said, for instance, our senators and congressional people how they would vote for something like that where they are representing nebraska and not us. and by the way, as i said in my state of the state, that's the biggest rip-off, i mean, that is against the law to buy a vote. >> talking about senator nelson. >> that's like buying a vote to say -- >> the government will pay. >> i'm voting
spending, homeland security spending, medicare, medicaid, social security. those are the big ticket items. we do know that the education department got a big influx of money from the stimulus. so what the president has done as ed said is perhaps picking a fight with liberals, but he's making nice with the blue dogs, those conservative democrats that wanted something like this. he may need them a little more right now for health care and other things, so it will come as welcome news to those conservative democrats and to some republicans. >> well, as you said political cover for key people at the moment given the health care battle. ali velshi, answer this simple question. does this have my baring on the economy? does it mean anything? >> well, it does, and one of the bigger concerns that's growing, our polling is showing, protests are showing it, votes are showing it. people are increasingly concerned about the debt and growing sdift. the federal budget right now is $3.5 trillion. this is less than $500 billion we're talking about that he could even affect. that's not going to be eliminat
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if you're over # 5, or close to it, you've got medicare. you have a government financed health care plan. you live in massachusetts, you have a government-financed health care plan. why would you want a national health care plan on top of that. people tell me more taxes. more burden on our state. we will be a donor state. jeff? >> which is one of the reasons why i think around probably january 7th or 8th when the tax commercials and spending commercials started running against coakley, that resonated with people. they're hearing all about the kickback in nebraska, they were hearing all that stuff. why should we pay for all this, they thought. a confluence of things. >> george will on the sunday show this week, he's really good on offense as a commentator, not so good on defense. but he said, look, they had a corrupt deal in louisiana. to get health care. they had a corrupt deal in nebraska. he said this is corruption. i've heard that up here. >> i'm standing on the street yesterday in north andover waiting for scott brown. so many of them were talking the drug companies got theirs, the h
social security and medicare and workers' rights and a long series of legislative victories which in my view has substantially improved the quality of living. >> host: thank you. michelle malkin? >> guest: well, i don't define the success of a party or the gauge its effect on americans' lives by what it has given legislatively. and i think is a core fundamental belief of my and i think a party that has improved my life is a party that leaves me alone, that has constrained the power of government to interfere in our lives, and unfortunately, and i've been very vocal about this, i think the republican party has failed to live up to its core conservative principles and so many ways. this was -- this was the battle so many grassroots conservatives had with the bush administration over the years whether it was the expansion of the federal role in education with a note child left behind act, the prescription drug plan, the pushing illegal alien amnesty and then the last several months of the bush tenure doing what i consider was pre-socializing the economy for barack obama with these massive
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